Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Copyright, and supports students in recognizing the role of copyright in producing and using creative works. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Show students a product that has a copyright symbol next to the brand name. Ask:

  • Where have you seen this before?
  • What do you think it means? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Practice,” “Did You Know,” or “Real Life.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial that advertises the benefits of copyright laws. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies the characteristics of copyrighted work. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort examples of creative works as copyrightable or public domain.  

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about copyright. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why might writers or artists want to have their works copyrighted?  
  • When might it be difficult to determine whether or not something is copyrighted?
  • How can you find out if something is free use or copyrighted? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Copyright Challenge

 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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